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Aurizon Announces Change to Election Deadline to May 29, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Aurizon Announces Change to Election Deadline to May 29, 2013

12:51 EDT Wednesday, May 22, 2013

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ)(NYSE MKT:AZK) ("Aurizon" or the "Company") announces that the election deadline under Aurizon's Plan of Arrangement with Hecla Mining Company ("Hecla") has been extended to 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 29, 2013, not May 28 as announced by Aurizon yesterday.

Shareholders who wish to make an election and who did not make a valid election in advance of the initial election deadline on May 7 should contact their broker, investment dealer or other intermediary in sufficient time to meet the extended deadline of 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 29, 2013. For those shareholders that hold registered Aurizon shares, they should duly complete, sign and return the Letter of Transmittal with accompanying share certificate(s) to Computershare Investor Services Inc.

Those shareholders who duly filed an election in advance of the initial election deadline on May 7, 2013 are not required to take any further steps to maintain their election.

All elections and deemed elections are subject to pro-ration pursuant to the terms of the Plan of Arrangement. Completion of the Arrangement is subject to various conditions, including Hecla receiving approval under the Investment Canada Act.

How to Complete Transmittal Documentation

Instructions for Aurizon shareholders on how to elect the form of consideration they wish to receive under the Arrangement are included in the Proxy Circular that was mailed to securityholders on April 12, 2013 and filed under Aurizon's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com and on EDGAR at www.sec.gov. Copies of the Special Meeting materials relating to the Arrangement, including the Letter of Transmittal, are also available on Aurizon's website at www.aurizon.com under the Hecla Agreement tab.

If you have any questions or require more information with regard to the procedures for completing your transmittal documentation, please contact Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada Inc. by calling toll free in North America at 1-888-605-7616, calling collect from outside North America at 1-781-575-2422, or by email at askus@georgeson.com.

About Aurizon

Aurizon is a gold producer with a growth strategy focused on developing its existing projects in the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, one of the world's most favourable mining jurisdictions and prolific gold and base metal regions, and by increasing its asset base through accretive transactions. Aurizon shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ARZ" and on the NYSE MKT under the symbol "AZK". Additional information on Aurizon and its properties is available on Aurizon's website at www.aurizon.com.

About Hecla

Established in 1891, Hecla believes it is the largest and lowest-cost primary silver producer in the U.S. The company has two operating mines and exploration properties in four world-class silver mining districts in the U.S. and Mexico. Additional information on Hecla and its properties is available on its website at http://hecla-mining.com.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Contact Information:
Investor Contact:
Jennifer North, Manager Investor Relations
Aurizon Mines Ltd.
604-687-6600 or Toll Free: 1-888-411-GOLD (4653)
604-687-3932 (FAX)
jennifer.north@aurizon.com
www.aurizon.com


Media Contact:
Longview Communications
Trevor Zeck
(604) 694-6037


Information Agent:
Georgeson
Toll Free (North America): 1-888-605-7616
Outside North America Call Collect: 1-781-575-2422
askus@georgeson.com

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